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Florida lawmaker hopes to change food stamp rules

Jan 30, 2012
Florida is the latest of states that are proposing to limit what kinds of food people on food stamps can buy.
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Florida latest state to try to control food stamp purchases

Jan 30, 2012
After similar legislation failed in California, Texas, and Illinois, a lawmaker in Florida is hoping to ban the use of food stamps to buy soda, candy, and other junk food.
Posted In: food stamps, government spending, junk food

Week in review: Food stamp use on the rise

Jan 20, 2012
Is Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich justified in calling President Obama the "Food Stamp President?"
Posted In: food stamps, 2012 election, poverty, Barack Obama

Food stamp use is only rising

Jan 17, 2012
A surge in food stamp use is being fueled by middle-income people who have lost their jobs or homes.
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MID-DAY UPDATE: Corporations have money. Why aren't they hiring?

Oct 7, 2010
U.S. companies have more cash on hand than they have in a while. They're using it for buying each other, buying their own stock... everything, it...
Posted In: food stamps, Michael Bloomberg, mid-day update, shopping mall, Unemployment

EBT now stands for restaurant meals

Feb 17, 2010
Until now it's been a struggle to use food stamps at restaurants, but L.A. county's new Restaurant Meals program now allows EBT to be accepted at 500 locations, including Dominos and El Pollo Loco. Vanessa Romo reports.
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The Secret Life of a Food Stamp

Food stamps turns 50 this year.  Since the program was written in to law, it's become one of those government programs that gets a lot of attention from politicians on both the left and the right -- especially recently.  The program has been growing furiously in the last 15 years -- one in seven Americans is on food stamps today. That's more than twice what the rate was in 2000.  Some of that can be explained by changing eligibility requirements and job-losses during the recession. But the fastest growing group of food stamp participants in the last few decades are people who have jobs and work full year-round.  And that suggests a deeper new reality. Even once the recession is fully behind us, could increased use of food stamps driven by low-wage jobs be a permanent fixture of the American economy?  

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